I Find most Taiwanese are interested in Chinese culture as much as their own Taiwanese culture.
I have heard from a few that they feel inevatably they will return to the motherland, but do not wish too under the current regime in the PRC. I would also think there is still civil war memories lingering in the minds of all the older Taiwanese and Chinese( these consist of the miltary leaders and government leaders in the PRC and ROC) . Accepting Taiwan as part of China is saying that the communists won the war.
The general feeling is wait for long enough until the older regime dies out in China and MAO is replaced by the dollar. Then a unifaction would be more acceptable as Taiwan would have nothing to lose at that point.
Taiwan Independence is being anti KMT. Also being part of China lessens taiwan’s status in the world, eventhough only some countries choose to recognize taiwan, unoffically everybody sees it as a fully independent demorcatic country. It is a symbol of what China could be.
And declaring independence and achieving it, is saying that taiwan people cannot claim to be chinese, sure maybe of Chinese descent but they would feel they lack the prestige of being Chinese. And they become just a little island off a superpower called China whose economy is becoming more dependant on china’s potentially huge economy to survive. Taiwan people, based on the investment in China already, seem to wish to be in part or in full control of this economy.
A taiwanese person once told me a couple of his ideas.
Firstly, the US and others interest in taiwan has only ever and is only ever based on the hope that by keeping the two chinas at eachother’s throats, they are kept weak.
Secondly, china goes through cycles of seperation and unification. This has happened in the past and will happen in the future. So at the moment Taiwan and China are in the midst of a cycle.
And remember MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
And on a totally different topic, based on what was said on another thread about the economy, is the Taiwan economy screwed ? Since taiwan is an export based economy, what can be exported when everything is going to be made in china. Maybe R&D will say here for a while, as there are quality and control issues with factories in China, but inevitably all the support companies software, design etc will be relocated to China for convinence sake.
I think when looking at the job openings on Oriented only look at the positions in China